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12-20-2009, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by azrok22 View Post
Key difference that needs to be distinguished is UFA vs. RFA. Crosby and Malkin only gave up 1 year of UFA each under their current $8.7 million per year contracts... the rest were RFA years.
With Malkin and Crosby, RFA = UFA because if they had hit free agency, both would have no doubt gotten the max on long term contracts. After their rookie contracts expired, Crosby or Malkin could have gone wherever they wanted.

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